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Faulty Towers - The Dining Experience

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Utterly delicious entertainment

If you like dinner and drinks with twist of humour (or should that be twisted humour) then why not try Faulty Towers - The Dining Experience?

Unlike in theatre restaurants, you don't just watch the show, you are immersed in it. It is simply full surround fun.

As you mingle with other guests for pre-dinner drinks, cast members infiltrate the audience. And as you sit down to your 70s inspired three-course meal, suddenly Basil, Sybil and Manuel barge in and the laughs are on.

It's the usual mayhem. Sybil is shrieking for Basil, Basil is chasing Manuel and Manuel being adorably dopey and running around like a dormouse.

And with Manuel as your waiter anything could happen.

I'd love to tell you the plot but the show is mostly unscripted and just as well, as the company which got together in Brisbane in 1997, has been touring ever since.

With shows in 20 countries in 2013 alone, it would get a bit repetitive if they had set lines every night.

Actors include Ron Kelly (as Basil), Andy Foreman (Manuel) and Karen Hamilton (Sybil) and they are wonderful talents. Plus their resemblance to the original cast is uncanny.

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If you go with people who haven't seen Fawlty Tours, then it is even more fun. They really don't know what to make of Basil Fawlty as he roars at his guests and mistreats poor little Manuel in some fine slapstick.

Sybil, of course, tries to restore order to the shambles by assuring us the chef is sober enough to finish cooking the meal and that Manuel will stop swiping our glasses very shortly. Every now and then her shrieks for "Basil" punctuate the air as well as your ear drum.

Fortunately for diners this is a restaurant hosting a performance rather than a theatre restaurant where the meals usually play second fiddle to actors. So you can be assured of a pleasant feed.

And somehow it becomes totally believable that you are no longer in an Australian restaurant but in an English seaside hotel in the '70s.

And while no messy food gets thrown (you can still wear your good clothes) expect a bit of horsing around with the bread rolls.

The production was recently part of the Melbourne Comedy Show where it received excellent reviews.

Now it has been let loose on the rest of us at the following times and venues.

The Aegean Restaurant
22 May (SOLD OUT)
19 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
3-Course Dinner and 2-hour Interactive Show
Pre-dinner drinks from: 6:30 pm
Performance commences: 7:00 pm
Pricing: $69 pp

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There will also be sessions at Aegean on the following dates:

Thu 27 Jun

Tue 13 Aug

Thu 19 Sep

Bookings and enquiries: 03 9419 5075

Cardinia Cultural Centre
Boulevard, PakenhamThursday
23 May 2013
3-Course Dinner and 2-hour Interactive Show
Pre-dinner drinks from: 6:00pm
Performance commences: 6:30pm
Pricing: $75.00 per person
Bookings and enquiries: 1300 887 624

Friday 24 May -
Vue Grand Hotel
46 Hesse St, Queenscliff, Bellarine Peninsula
3-Course Dinner and 2-hour Interactive Show
Pre-dinner drinks from: 6:30 pm
Performance commences: 7:00 pm
Pricing: $120 pp includes meal, show and
beverages (beer, wine and soft drinks)
Bookings and enquiries: 03 5258 1544

Or all shows can be booked at the Faulty Towers Website.
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Where: Various venues see article
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Your Comment
Sounds like a lot of fun!
by Sue Williams (score: 2|840) 2344 days ago
We went to see this show at The Vue Grand in Queenscliff, Victoria, on Friday night with a group of friends.....I was lucky enough to be one of the guests who "copped it"...I was laughing so much my face hurt!!! An absolute "must see"!!!
by sueg4 (score: 0|2) 1194 days ago
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